Marlboro County voters approve $10 million bond referendum for schools

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MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – Marlboro County voters approved a $10 million referendum that will go towards repairs, renovations, and security upgrades for schools in the district.
 
“I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am that the community is allowing us this opportunity to move forward,” said Superintendent Dr. McCord. “We are very pleased with the support the public has shown us, and we plan to do great work.”
 
Dr. McCord said all of the schools will additions and upgrades by 2023, and Marlboro County High School will be the first school to get upgrades.
 
“We’re going to have a clear focus on safety and security in our buildings,” he told News13. “So we’re going to include upgrades and new additions for camera systems at each of our schools, and from that point we’re going to go to card-operated entry system doorways.”
 
Dr. McCord said it’s important for the school district to make the repairs so students and staff are in a healthy environment.
 

“Excited is probably an understatement,” Dr. McCord said. “We are ecstatic, I like that word better, we are ecstatic about what the future holds for our students here.”

 
Bennettsville Intermediate School
Current Facility Needs:
  • Safety and Security
    • Card reader system for access control 
    • Security cameras
  • Renovated restroom facilities
  • Renovated auditorium
  • Upgrades to gym
  • New water coolers
  • Demolition of Out of Service buildings 
  • Additional classrooms
  • New cafeteria
  • Playground equipment 
  • Improved lighting in classrooms

 

Bennettsville Primary School 
Current Facility Needs
  • Safety and Security
    • Store front entrance for access control 
    • Card reader system for access control
    • Security cameras
  • Renovated restroom facilities
  • New playground equipment
  • Improved classroom lighting

 

Blenheim Elementary-Middle School
Current Facility Needs:
  • Safety and Security
    • Card reader system for access control 
    • Security cameras

 

Clio Elementary-Middle School
Current Facility Needs:
  • Safety and Security
    • Store front entrance for access control 
    • Card reader system for access control
    • Security cameras
  • New playground equipment
  • Updated athletic grounds

 

McColl Elementary Middle-School
Current Facility Needs:
  • Safety and Security
    • No secure entrance
    • No access control (card reader system)
    • Security cameras
  • Renovated restroom facilities
  • Replace gutter system
  • New playground equipment
  • Improved grounds

 

Marlboro County High School
Current Facility Needs:
  • Safety and Security
    • Card reader system for access control
    • Security cameras
    • Emergency generator replacement
    • Fire panel replacement box
  • Renovated restroom facilities
  • Athletic facility upgrades
  • Roofing repairs
  • Re-surface student parking lot
  • Improved classroom lighting 
  • Upgrades to media center
  • Upgrades to cafeteria and stage area
 
Marlboro County School of Discovery
Current Facility Needs:
  • Safety and Security
    • Card reader system for access control
    • Security cameras

 

Wallace Elementary-Middle School
Current Facility Needs:
  • Safety and Security
    • Card reader system for access control
    • Security cameras
  • Outdoor grounds (irrigation)

 

Marlboro County Adult & Community Education
Current Facility Needs:
  • Safety and Security
    • Card reader system for access control
    • Security cameras

 

Proposed Schedule for Construction Activities 
 
2018-2019
Security and Safety Items
  • BIS
  • BPS
  • BEMS
  • CEMS
  • MEMS
  • MCHS
  • MCSD
  • WEMS
  • Adult Ed.
Emergency Equipment
  • MCHS

 

2019-2020
Renovations and Additions
  • BIS: Demolition of out of service buildings 
    • Renovations of auditorium 
    • New classrooms, cafeteria, and lighting 

Summer 2019
  • Restroom renovations and water coolers
    • BIS
    • MCHS
  • Playground updates
    • BIS
    • BPS
    • CEMS
    • MCEM

 

2020-2021
Renovations and Additions 
  • MCHS: Roofing, parking lot
  • MEMS: Gutter system
 
Summer 2020
Restroom renovations and water coolers
  • BPS
  • MEMS

 

2021-2022
Energy Efficient Improvements (Lighting)
  • BPS
  • MEMS
  • MCHS
 
2022-2023
Grounds and Athletic Facility Upgrades
  • BIS
  • BPS
  • BEMS
  • CEMS
  • MEMS
  • WEMS

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